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Make-Your-Own Buckle Manipulation Toys 2m50s

Make-Your-Own Buckle Manipulation Toys

Parents, therapists and teachers.... cut up your round containers to make toy buckles. Pushing the tab in and out of the notches develops strong fingers and eye-hand coordination. Use super large food containers for large rings and smaller shampoo bottles for smaller rings. Children can choose to buckle, pull rings open, toss them onto a ring stack or even string them on big strips of fabric. This activity is especially beneficial for children or adults with fine motor challenges who may struggle to close a belt. Make-Your-own buckles are easier than using real belt buckles and there is opportunity for REPETITION! Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: November 18, 2017Updated: November 20, 201736 views
Types of Cues/Prompts to Support Learning 3m36s

Types of Cues/Prompts to Support Learning

This video demonstrates the types of cues or prompts that may be used to support learning in educational or training settings. These include: 1) Hand over hand assistance 2) physical assistance 3) touch prompts 3) point cues and 4) verbal cues. I frequently use a combination of these supports. For example, I might give physical assistance to reach toward the spoon and then a touch and verbal cue to bring it to his mouth. As a person practices a skill, try to provide the least amount of prompting needed in order to be successful. In addition, pictures may be used, especially when teaching a multi-step task such as laundry or setting the table. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website at: http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: November 10, 2017Updated: November 13, 201716 views
Matching Lids Sensory Activity 2m13s

Matching Lids Sensory Activity

When my son was little he loved helping me make activities such as this for my occupational therapy clients. Many of these clients had developmental disabilities, including autism and challenges such as weak hands, short attention spans and poor coordination. The bottle tops are attached to the big detergent container with strips of stretchy fabric. Pulling on the fabric provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints. Screwing or unscrewing the covers develops strong fingers and coordination. Matching the covers to the bottle tops develops visual perceptual skills. Learn about other activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: November 7, 2017Updated: November 8, 2017
How to Make an Adapted Handle for Sponge Painting 2m25s

How to Make an Adapted Handle for Sponge Painting

People who have difficulty grasping a paintbrush perhaps...due to hand weakness, arthritis pain or spasticity may be able to grasp this adapted Handle for sponge painting. This is one of the many adaptations described in my book: THE RECYCLING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST. Learn more at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: November 7, 2017Updated: November 8, 201715 views
Improving Function with Adapted handles 2m24s

Improving Function with Adapted handles

People with spasticity may have difficulty grasping or stabilizing objects. This video demonstrates how to adapt with handles cut out of detergent, dishwasher or other bottles. The handles can be attached to activities such as ring stacks, sorting containers or shape sorters using Velcro or tape. This adaptation enabled the little girl in the pink sweater to grasp the green handle attached to the coffee can while inserting picture cards. At the same time her little hand is opened up instead of fisted, helping to maintain her range-of-motion. Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: November 4, 2017Updated: November 6, 201745 views
PUlling Objects Out of Sensory Socks 1m55s

PUlling Objects Out of Sensory Socks

The young man in this video typically does not like to use his hands together to stabilize materials. His attention span is very short and after a few repetitions he usually throws or pushes objects away. I knew that he liked deep pressure and his eyes lit up when he felt his arm inside the tight sock as he removed objects. I am sure that he would do even better if there were an electric toothbrush attached to the bottom. However, I am very proud of him for telling me that he wanted "more" and attending for over a minute.... More sensory strategies at http://www.recyclingOT.com

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Published: November 2, 2017Updated: November 6, 2017141 views
Spider and Web Fine-Motor Activity1m55s

Spider and Web Fine-Motor Activity

Wrap and knot cord all over a weighted ball and then tie several black fabric strips all over them. Some of my clients love to untie the "spider legs" and then insert them into the "web". The weighted ball is calming to use on one's lap or table. Children and adults with fine-motor challenges will have a fun opportunity to develop strong fingers and dexterity as they repetitively tie or untie these knots. Learn more about sensory activities and adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: October 27, 2017Updated: October 30, 201760 views
Ring Stack Color Matching Activity1m35s

Ring Stack Color Matching Activity

Many children and adults with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders enjoy repetitive hand activities. The client shown in the video is very active and easily distracted. By adapting the activity to involve movement to retrieve rings she becomes more focused and completes the task. I use flat ring shapes cut out of detergent bottles instead of beads because they will not roll away and many more will fit on the dowels. Learn about activity adaptions on my web site: http://www.recyclingot.com

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Published: October 24, 2017Updated: October 25, 201732 views
Container Lids Sensory Activity2m18s

Container Lids Sensory Activity

Pulling and unscrewing lids is sensory fun while developing eye-hand coordination and dexterity. First cut off the tops of containers and punch holes in them. I demonstrate how in the video.... Attach them to a sturdy board using stretchy cord or elastics. Young children will enjoy the sensation to skin, muscles and joints as they pull unscrew or pull the lids. Next you may teach how to match up the lids to the corresponding container tops and put them back together. But, remember..... taking apart is easier and a better place to start teaching a new skill. Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: October 17, 2017Updated: October 18, 2017
Make Your Own Apple Toys for Preschoolers2m58s

Make Your Own Apple Toys for Preschoolers

This video demonstrates 3 different apple fine motor activities made out of plastic bottles. Bending and lacing plastic apples strengthens fingers and develops eye-hand coordination. Inserting or removing worms from apples is great pretend play and pushing the circles down hard to decorate the big apple develops the motor control needed to grasp a pencil. These activities are fun and help both typically developing children and children with challenges such as autism to build hand skills. Learn more in my books and website at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: September 29, 2017Updated: October 3, 201720 views
Binder Geoboard to Develop Fine-Motor Skills 3m11s

Binder Geoboard to Develop Fine-Motor Skills

Purchase a geoboard or make your own using 2 old book binders, contact paper and elastics. Occupational therapists love using these because they help children or adults with developmental or learning disabilities to strengthen their hands and improve eye-hand coordination. Stretching the elastics provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints that may help individuals on the autism spectrum to focus and learn. Attaching the board to a raised or angled surface may help children better visually attend to the activity because the board is right in front of the person's face. Try experimenting with color matching or copying designs from a picture or model. Learn more about activity adaptations at www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: September 8, 2017Updated: September 12, 201730 views
Sensory Visual Perception Writing Activity 3m41s

Sensory Visual Perception Writing Activity

This activity teaches children the spatial relationships between small and large letters and how they fit on writing lines. Practice this activity with children before offering paper and pencil. Pulling the shapes off the Velcro "lines" and wiping them clean requires using force and force provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints. Learn about other easy to make and effective adaptions that help children and adults on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: September 2, 2017Updated: September 5, 2017211 viewsVirality: 6%
Sensory Processing Disorder Activity: Stringing Coiled Hose 1m58s

Sensory Processing Disorder Activity: Stringing Coiled Hose

Children and adults with autism, sensory processing disorder and other developmental disabilities often seek out sensory stimulation to the eyes, muscles and joints. This unique stringing adaptation provides exactly this type of stimulation and its FUN! Simply take a coil type water hose and cut it to the desired length. Attach a sock or something to the bottom so that the user can stand on it, preventing the bottom from popping upward. This activity is great for developing balance, visual engagement and bilateral hand use (using hands together). Use rings that attach shower curtains, arts and crafts rings or cut your own out of plastic bottles. My clients love the sensation of pulling the coil upward and watching the rings spin downward. Learn more about adapting activities on my web site www.RecyclingOT.com and thank-you to Ben at www.Bensound.com for the lively music.

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Published: August 18, 2017Updated: August 21, 201792 views
Stretchy Ring and Ball Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders 1m33s

Stretchy Ring and Ball Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

Children and adults with autism, sensory processing disorders or other developmental disabilities often engage best when materials provide stimulation that meets their sensory needs. For example, it feels good to push and pull a ball attached to the table with elastic cord. This client needs frequent prompts to persist at most activities. However, he enjoys this type of sensory stimulation- the sensation to skin, muscles and joints as he pushes and pulls materials. Learn more about adapting activities for children or adults with autism, sensory processing disorders or other developmental disabilities on my web site: http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: August 15, 2017Updated: August 16, 201776 views
Do-It-Yourself Waterproof Cast Cover1m54s

Do-It-Yourself Waterproof Cast Cover

After hand surgery my hubby needed a waterproof cast cover so that he could shower and go boating. This video shows how he made an inexpensive cover out of a dry bag and Gear tie. After his injury heals and cast is removed he will find many other uses for these 2 products. Please check out my occupational therapy website and books for more clever adaptations to solve many types of challenges... http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: August 8, 2017Updated: August 9, 201769 views
Weavable Toys Develop Fine-Motor Skills for autistic children 2m20s

Weavable Toys Develop Fine-Motor Skills for autistic children

Kids love manipulatives!! Make your own plastic shapes and frames to weave by cutting up plastic containers or purchase Weavable toys on my website RecyclingOT.com. Weaving develops eye-hand coordination and bending the plastic strengthens fingers. Design your own toys for endless possibilities! These toys are designed for children and adults with or without disabilities. It is easier to teach how to pull the shapes off the frame or remove from a long cord.... so first teach this skill to people with greater challenges. Increase challenge by using more complex shapes, smaller shapes, thinner cord and smaller notches to weave into or stiffer plastic. Learn more at: www.barbarasmithoccupationaltherapist.com/weavabletoys.html

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Published: August 5, 2017Updated: August 7, 201755 views
Make Your Own Paint Easel 1m40s

Make Your Own Paint Easel

Painting on an easel is fun for children and adults. I made this easel out of a cardboard box. Its easy to make and replace when someone accidentally throws it out! I use easels with children and adults with developmental and other disabilities because they make it easier for the client to reach and see how to move the brush. They also sit more upright when looking and reaching in the vertical plane. The client in the video is unable to grasp the paint brush unless it is attached to his hand with the cuff sold at EaZyHold.com. Now he is all set to enjoy painting....Learn more about activity adaptations at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: July 24, 2017Updated: July 25, 201740 views
How to make this helpful toy for children with autism1m40s

How to make this helpful toy for children with autism

This "curvy ring stack" is made out of a bird mister found at a yard sale. Clients with autism or other developmental disabilities enjoy the visual stimulation experienced when watching the rings spiral downward. They need to reach, pay visual attention and use their hands together as they develop eye-hand coordination.

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Published: July 21, 2017Updated: July 24, 20174,698 viewsVirality: 7%
How to Teach Zipping Skills 1m49s

How to Teach Zipping Skills

Many children with or without disabilities find connecting a zipper to be tricky! This video demonstrates a few fun adaptations that develop the bilateral coordination to open and close zippers. It usually helps to attach something like a pipe cleaner or toy to the zipper slider so that it is easier to grasp while pulling. When I teach hand skills to children or adults with disabilities, I always make sure there is a lot of REPETITION. The young man in the video is learning how to zip his own jacket for the first time in his life because he practiced attaching 5 zipper sliders every day for several months. A different client loves to insert objects into containers so I created a task where he needed to close the zippers before inserting them. I put a motorized toothbrush and some bells inside the container to add some sensory stimulation. Let me repeat…..repetition and adding some sensory stimulation help motivate my clients to engage in some challenging hand activities.

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Published: July 7, 2017Updated: July 10, 2017253 viewsVirality: 8%
Fun Activities that Develop Buttoning Skills 4m00s

Fun Activities that Develop Buttoning Skills

Children with sensory processing disorders or developmental disabilities such as autism- may find it challenging to learn how to open and close buttons. The adaptations shown in this video are designed to make learning easier by using large materials and repetition. So parents, teachers and therapists consider making "button squares", "button stringing", "button rings" and "button boards" to develop these hand skills. Learn more on my website at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: July 3, 2017Updated: July 5, 2017123 viewsVirality: 38%
"Sensory Rings" Help Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders 3m06s

"Sensory Rings" Help Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

Children with autism, sensory processing disorders or other types of developmental disabilities often find heavy pressure from using heavy or tight squeezing materials calming. They may seek this type of sensation by crashing into cushions or people! This video shows how to make "sensory rings" out of socks and supermarket bags. They are virtually free and quick to make. Moving the rings over the body develops body awareness and coordination while meeting the child's sensory needs. Learn more at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: June 29, 2017Updated: June 30, 201723 views
How Vibration Helps Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders 3m37s

How Vibration Helps Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

Children with or without disabilities often love vibration! Vibration stimulates the muscles and joints and this, in turn, helps develop body awareness and coordination. The sound and feel of the motor often motivates individuals with autism or sensory processing disorders to grasp and manipulate objects such as ring stacks or stringing even though they typically avoid using their hands. I adapt many activities to vibrate when I work as an occupational therapist with both children and adults with developmental disabilities. This video demonstrates just a few of my creations. There are many more strategies in my book From Flapping to Function: A Parent's Guide to Autism and Hand Skills. Learn more at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: June 23, 2017Updated: June 27, 2017172 viewsVirality: 11%
Sensory Processing Activity: Pushing Objects between Elastics on Container 2m09s

Sensory Processing Activity: Pushing Objects between Elastics on Container

Children with sensory processing disorders, autism or other types of developmental disabilities often best engage when activities are "resistive". This means that force is required to push, pull or squeeze objects or the materials are weighted. Resistive materials stimulate muscles and joints and help develop body awareness. I adapted this simple insertion activity to require pushing objects between the elastics threaded through holes around the rim of the container BOTTOM. I use the bottom as the top because then I can unscrew the cover to remove objects later. This activity is great for very young children (as long as you supervise closely) to develop eye-hand coordination and strong fingers. Older children and adults with disabilities will also enjoy this unique sensory experience!

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Published: June 21, 2017Updated: June 22, 2017122 views
The Happy Bee Keeper 51s

The Happy Bee Keeper

My son David Smolinski, the beekeeper got his first swarm a few years back by putting a cardboard box in our tree. Its been a struggle to keep some of them alive due to the harsh winters and pesticides. It seems that toxins either confuse the bees so that they leave the hive or kill them. Some of David's bees are thriving in locations with greater space and less spraying. David continues his work to create happy and healthy environments for bees..... sweet!

Stretchy, Weighted Sock Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders 2m44s

Stretchy, Weighted Sock Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

Children and adults with autism, sensory processing disorders or other disabilities often enjoy the sensory stimulation provided by weighted materials and activities that involve pushing or pulling. I filled some long stretchy socks with bags of sand and attached handles to each end. You may also use stretchy sleeves or pant legs from clothing instead of socks or tights. Cut some handles from detergent bottles and attach to the stretchy heavy material and see how much fun they have! I have used this with clients to motivate reaching, grasping, shaking, pulling and other movements. Some clients find this calming and it may decrease agitation. This activity can be incorporated into sensory motor games such as... Players hold an end while others run under or step over the "Sensory Socks". Try it, it's fun!

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Published: June 17, 2017Updated: June 19, 2017117 views